The Potential of Esteya spp. for the Biocontrol of the Pinewood Nematode, Bursaphelenchus xylophilus

David Pires, Cláudia S.L. Vicente, Maria L. Inácio, Manuel Mota

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Abstract

The pinewood nematode (PWN), Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, is the causal agent of pine wilt disease (PWD) and a quarantine organism in many countries. Managing PWD involves strict regulations and heavy contingency plans, and present climate change scenarios predict a spread of the disease. The urgent need for sustainable management strategies has led to an increasing interest in promising biocontrol agents capable of suppressing the PWN, like endoparasitic nematophagous fungi of the Esteya genus. Here, we review different aspects of the biology and ecology of these nematophagous fungi and provide future prospects.

Original languageEnglish
Article number168
JournalMicroorganisms
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Biological control
  • Bursaphelenchus xylophilus
  • Esteya
  • Nematophagous fungi
  • Pine wilt disease

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